Doing regular backups to your computer can save a lot of heartache if your hard drive fails.  Setting up automatic backups in Windows 10 is fairly simple.  There are two backup methods available within Windows.

No matter which method you use, you will need a place to back up your files to.  Although you can backup your computer onto the cloud, recovering the files later if needed may be slow, depending on the internet speeds.  I recommend using a physical external hard drive that attaches to your computer, generally by USB cable.  They are readily available and reasonably priced.

The File History method backs up your Profile folders.  These include your Pictures, Documents, Favorites and your Desktop items.  This is a good daily or weekly backup if you create or modify a lot of documents that you want to protect.

The Backup & Restore (Windows 7) method, makes a complete system image of your computer that can be used to restore your computer to its previous state should your hard drive fail.  I recommend that this option be ran at least once a month.

Access both methods by going to Settings/Update & Security and then choosing Backup from the menu on the left of the screen.

To set up the Backup and Restore (Windows 7),  select the link under “Looking for an older backup?” 

Follow the prompts for each method by choosing a location for your backup (your external drive) and selecting the interval that you wish to update.  For both methods choose the Backup Now prompt to set the backup in motion.

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